Tagged: Manny Ramirez

Quick Notes …

I’ve been away for a while. School has been horrendous this semester and priorities are priorities. I will make a more regular return after I get back from Jamaica later this month.

Until then, I have much to say, but I’ll keep things brief for now:

1. A-Rod returns tomorrow; let’s hope it brings big changes for the overall performance of this team. This may finally be A-Rod’s chance to step up into a leadership role.

2. Jeter’s deterioration is being noted; I hope to never see him in another uniform, but he may want to consider some other fielding options. Cashman and co need to start shopping for an understudy.

3. We always do better with a healthy Jorge; come back soon.

4. What happened to our stellar pitching? C’mon guys, you can’t blame Girardi for this mess. Wang is not Joe’s fault. CC’s underperforming is not Joe’s fault. AJ and Pettitte are doing decent, but nowhere near what we need them to be doing.

5. Joba is doing precisely what he was projected to do, but c’mon, why pull him after 12 consecutive Ks? That was dumb.

6. Bullpen — WAKE UP! PLEASE! You are better than this.

7. Swisher is in a slump, but then again, who isn’t? He’s still the best offseason acquisition we’ve gotten so far. Make sure you go to http://www.voteswisher.com and put him in the ASG lineup.

8. We’re only a fraction of the way through the season, there is plenty of time to turn this around and be the Yankees team of old. We need the boys to get pumped, this has to be just as depressing to them as it is to us (aside from the whole them getting millions and us paying to watch them play thing). Maybe someone needs to charge the mound and pop Beckett in the piehole — or kick Jerry Meals in the taint for being a horrible ump.

9. Manny is being Manny. I feel bad for Dodger fans. I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt, the same way I did for Alex. Unfortunately, Alex didn’t come up hot for a current drug test, it was a past one that was questionably brought out by his hack-journalist stalker, S-Rob. 

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The Dumb and the Restless

arod-4.jpgAfter taking a day off from making headlines, ALEX RODRIGUEZ has finally done something smart. Opting to undergo a minor surgery now, with a promise for a more invasive surgery after the season, Rodriguez is expected to miss only six to nine weeks.

Not only was choosing to have the surgery done now, earlier on in the season, a smart move, Rodriguez also did not publicly comment on the surgery. Dr. Marc Phillipon, the hip specialist responsible for fast-tracking the procedure, did all the talking in an article written MLB.com beat reporter Bryan Hoch.

“The goal here is to allow Alex to rehab rapidly in a safe manner,”
Philippon said. “The approach we’re using is much safer than letting
Alex play the way he is now.”

Rodriguez is expected to spend the first few week in Vail, Colo. to
undergo rehabilitation that is a “hybrid” experiment.

“Because of all the tests, findings, analysis and function of Alex, I
feel it’s in his best interest to have his labrum repaired, remove part
of his impingement at the same time and, therefore, stabilize his
labrum,” Philippon said. “[The procedure will] remove a little bit of
the impingement, and by doing this, we will contain the cyst. The goal
here is to stabilize Alex’s labrum, remove a little bit of the
impingement and allow him to have more freedom of movement in his hip.”

Philippon has performed similar procedures on and treated such
sports stars as golfer Greg Norman and figure skater Tara Lipinski.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said, during a press conference call, that Philippon’s expertise gave Rodriguez comfort “that
this was not only a legitimate option, but the best one.”

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With Rodriguez out of action for only a brief period of time, expect to see more of CODY RANSOM, the man chosen to fill Rodriguez’s big, expensive, shoes. Ransom, 33, is a journeyman infielder who has been hitting exceptionally well as a Yankee between his time spent as a back up last year and his Spring Training showing.

Ransom hit .302 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 33 games for the
Yankees last season as a utility man, including three starts at third
base. He has logged just 183 big league at-bats with three organizations.

In 20 at bats of spring training baseball, Ransom is currently batting .300 with six hits, five runs, and a stolen base. Teammate Johnny Damon has been a vocal supporter of Ransom, even claiming him to be the “best athlete on the team.”

In other news, MANNY RAMIREZ has written a book.

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REALLY?

Seriously now ….

REALLY?

He’s a great athlete hitter and all, but I didn’t even know he could read, let along write.

At first I thought it was a hoax. Then I thought maybe it was a Manny themed coloring book.

But this is a real-deal, I-wanna-be-a-bitter-clown-like-Joe-Torre expose’ of his former team.

In a report by MLB.com associate reporter Alden Gonzalez, excerpts from “Becoming Manny” have been released to the press.

In typical fashion, Manny, with the help of a few journalists, chronicle Manny’s Beantown adventures and his eventual forray into Dodgertown USA, and his eventual settling into Mannywood.

One note I really found thought provoking is how Manny claimed to have lost his best buddy Pedro Martinez, who is currently auditioning for a Major League role with an outstanding performance in the World Baseball Classic.

Perhaps we could see Manny and Pedro reunite … under Joe Torre.

I’m sure Torre could lead another all star team to the playoffs and find a way to blow it for them, too.

What a bunch of clowns.

SOURCE CREDITS:

MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3942546
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3945254
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3921752
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3942784

PHOTOS CREDITS:

http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/images/2009/03/08/XzWmb6zb.jpg – Getty/Uncredited
http://img.fannation.com/upload/si_blog_post_images/25021/arod.jpg – AP/Uncredited
http://www.preschoolcoloringbook.com – Christa Koch (alterations by me)

It must be a circus…

… cause there sure are a lot of clowns running around LA.

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Not THAT kind of clown …. THESE clowns…

In one of only a few of my off season predictions to come to fruition, Manny Ramirez has re-signed with the LA Dodgers, as reported by Ken Gurnick and Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com.

Honestly, who didn’t see this one coming?

I am glad to see this for a few reasons.

#1 – I love Manny in another division, all the way on the other side of the country. He is officially out of our short-cropped Yankee hair. His bat seems to work magic no matter which team he ends up on. He is such a nuisance.

#2 – A-Rod isn’t in the news today. His words aren’t being scrutinized. He isn’t hanging out with any unsavory characters. He’s not caught up in the middle of some new controversy involving drugs, celebrities, aliens, talking goats, or Narnia. He’s just chilling out in Colorado trying to figure out if he wants to miss the beginning of the season or the middle of the season. For now at least. Hey, maybe we can start saying, “It’s just Alex being Alex…”

#3 – The Manny-to-the-Yankees debate is officially dead. I was really getting tired of reading comments about Manny being needed in New York. He’s not needed here. He wouldn’t work here. Manny is dead to the AL East. We are free to move on to more legitimate discussions — which would be anything not related to Barry, Manny, or Alex.

This was the only thing that made sense for Manny. San Francisco didn’t have the wallet with enough girth for Manny. Nor did it have a big enough spotlight. The Giants already bought their gimmick when they spent $8M for one year of The Big Unit and his 300th career win.

Dodgers Chairman Frank McCourt and GM Ned Colleti made the wisest move possible by brining back the power hitting left fielder. Manny puts money into the club’s pockets from merchandise sales, ticket sales, and general fan interest.

As the old addage goes, there’s no such thing as bad press (but tell that to A-Rod). Manny will get the Dodgers on the front page with his antics and his hitting ability.

Apparently, Manny managed to tweak the ire of several former fans from Beantown with his attitude and comments during the ensuing press conference.

According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, Manny dropped a heavy-handed slap to the face of his former team in response to a question about his potential dissapointment for not being given as large of a contract as his clown-of-an-agent, Scott Boras, was boasting.

“I won. I got out of [Boston],”
he said. “I already make my money [$162
million in career earnings]. I’m in a great place, where I want to
play. I am happy, my teammates love me, the fans love me. Sometimes
it’s better to have a two-year deal in a place you’re happy than an
eight-year deal in a place you suffer.”

While collecting paychecks for goofing off may seem to be suffering to Manny, most Americans will be lax to agree. Manny lives a dream, and now he can continue to live in the lala of LA with other big mouthed buffoons in Hollywood.

Manny is precisely where he belongs.

WEB SOURCES:
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090304&content_id=3915730
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3922510
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081226&content_id=3728929
MLBlogs.com – http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/manny_i_have_a_few_things_to_s.html


PHOTO CREDITS:

http://cksinfo.com – Free Clipart
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3535984 – AP/Gus Ruelas
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2008/writers/john_donovan/02/18/donovan.top10spring/TorreDodgers2.jpg – AP/Uncredited